Public Health educators are also often leaders in research and advocacy both locally and internationally. These award-winning professors truly stand out in the crowd.

Kacey C. Ernst University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Award Won: Faculty Seed Grant Awarded By: University of Arizona Foundation
Kacey C. Ernst, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is a groundbreaking researcher and educator in the field of vector-borne disease. This recent recipient of a Faculty Seed Grant from the University of Arizona Foundation works on projects with far-reaching impact. Much of her research and teaching efforts focus on the containment and eradication of malaria and dengue fever in regions such as Mexico and the African continent.
Wafaa El-Sadr Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Award Won: Named as one of "50 Women who Shaped America's Health" Awarded By: Huffington Post
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health professor Wafaa El-Sadr is truly a shining star in her field. Raised in a family of doctors, El-Sadr grew up wanting to find a way to use her talents to help others. AIDS research and education has filled that role in her life: this experienced pioneer in the field of public health has been working with AIDS patients in New York since the outset of the epidemic in the early 1980’s. El-Sadr’s students are blessed with the unique opportunity to study under someone who has truly witnessed, and played an important role in, the trajectory of AIDS research firsthand.
Windsor Sherrill Clemson University Award Won: Honorary Member of Clemson's Class of 1939 and Class of 1939 Award for Excellence Awarded By: Clemson University Class of 1939
Windsor Sherril, a Clemson University professor of Public Health Sciences, has received the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence as well as being named an honorary member of Clemson's Class of 1939. These unique honors are the result of years of hard work on the part of this active professor. Sherril has taught a wide range of courses in her department including Health Services Management, Health Finance and Budgeting, and Health Research amongst others.
Yiliang Zhu University of South Florida College of Public Health Award Won: Fulbright Research Fellowship Awarded By: Fulbright Program - US government
The Fulbright Research Fellowship, one the most prestigious and sought after awards in the United States, was recently granted to University of South Florida College of Public Health professor Yiliang Zhu. This dynamic professor, who was born and raised in China, is currently using his Fulbright fellowship to evaluate the effectiveness of a rural health program in a poorer region of China. Many of Zhu’s research endeavors focus on rural health, particularly as it relates to children in China.
Janine Jurkowski University at Albany School of Public Health Award Won: Tom Bruce Award Awarded By: American Public Health Association
University at Albany School of Public Health Associate Professor Janine Jurkowski is on a mission to eliminate minority health care disparities. Her tireless work advocating for minority groups, particularly Latinos and low-income families, recently earned her the American Public Health Association’s Tom Bruce Award. Jurkowski’s students are continually inspired by this professor’s passion for social justice.
Jean Gutierrez George Washington University Award Won: Pilot Grant Awarded By: Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National Medical Center
Exercise, and its impact on health, is never far from the heart of George Washington University professor Jean Gutierrez. This recent recipient of a pilot grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National Medical Center is passionate about teaching others how to improve their health through fitness and nutrition. In addition to her work teaching at GWU, Gutierrez has extensive experience teaching and blogging about healthy cooking and exercise.
Robert Gold University of Maryland Award Won: President's Medal Awarded By: University of Maryland President Wallace Loh
Professor Robert Gold’s extensive accomplishments have earned him, amongst other honors, the President’s Medal from University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. This renowned epidemiologist and public health specialist has conducted extensive research into ameliorating the problems of those traditionally underserved by the health care system. Gold’s students benefit from his extensive research experience as well as his passion for extending the boundaries of health care service.
Marion Nestle New York University Award Won: Featured as Mark Bittman's #1 Foodie to be Thankful For Awarded By: New York Times
A true superstar in the fields of nutrition, food studies, and public health, Nestle is a groundbreaking educator, researcher, and advocate for improving the health of Americans. In addition to a long list of other awards and honors, Nestle was recently featured in the New York Times as “Mark Bittman's #1 Foodie to be Thankful For.”
Pratik Banerjee University of Memphis Award Won: Nominated to Elite Membership Awarded By: Phi Tau Sigma Food Science Honor Society
Sigma Food Science Honor Society, teaches a variety of courses including Environmental Health and Environmental Sampling and Analysis. This motivated educator is also in the process of developing courses that will expand his students’ understanding of foodborne illness.
Tony Ward University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Services Award Won: Public Health Faculty Research Award Awarded By: University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Services
This Public Health Faculty Research Award winner has been a significant contributor to the scientific research regarding asbestos exposure. Likewise, he has conducted several studies examining the effects of indoor woodstoves on childhood asthma.
Monica Swahn Georgia State University Institute of Public Health Award Won: Best Paper Award 2013 Awarded By: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
as she embarks on work seeking to determine the effects of alcohol and its marketing on Sub-Saharan African youth. In the classroom, Professor Swahn inspires her public health students to think both locally and globally.
Kelly Gonzales Portland State University Award Won: Selected for Special Research Training Program Awarded By: Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
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Mary Jo Trepka Florida International University Award Won: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Awarded By: United States Government
ranging from food safety education for WIC clients to Hepatitis C screening and counseling. Trebka uses her position as an educator to instill solid research methodologies and goals in her students.
Emily Levitan University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health Award Won: President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Awarded By: UAB School of Public Health
Teaching from the UAB School of Public Health. Much of her scholarly work focuses on how diet and lifestyle choices affect the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.
Colin Binns Curtin University Award Won: 2012 Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society Award Awarded By: Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society
Professor Colin Binns of Curtin University is popular for his classes on International Health and Nutrition for Developing Countries. A strong advocate of the importance of breastfeeding, Professor Binns has spoken internationally at conferences on maternal child health. In addition to winning the 2012 Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society Award, Binns was given an honorary PhD from Inje University in Korea for his extensive work promoting health in countries throughout Asia.
Ellen Smit Oregon State University Award Won: Outstanding Faculty Award Awarded By: Oregon State University
A trailblazer in the field of epidemiology education, Associate Professor Ellen Smit of Oregon State University was recently recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Not only is Smit a teacher, but she is also very active in curriculum design. Her own research interests often concentrate on diet and physical activity in relation to different diseases, with a particular focus on HIV infection.
Jeff Oxendine UC Berkeley School of Public Health Award Won: Irvine Leadership Award Awarded By: James Irvine Foundation
Oxendine is one of the nation’s leading public health administrators. This recipient of the James Irvine Foundation’s Irvine Leadership Award has numerous goals as an educator. In joining with others, he strives toward eliminating health disparities and increasing diversity in the health care workforce. Likewise, Oxendine is driven by his desire to empower his students to live up to their full potential.
Katherine McDonald Syracuse University Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Award Won: Research Grant Awarded By: National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
research grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, McDonald works to promote inclusion for those with both physical and intellectual disabilities. As an educator, she inspires her students to challenge their presumptions about the limitations of others.
David Osterberg University of Iowa College of Public Health Award Won: Faculty Achievement in Community Engagement Award Awarded By: ollege of Public Health Board of Advisors
University of Iowa College of Public Health Clinical Associate Professor David Osterberg is a passionate environmental advocate. In addition to teaching courses on Environmental Health Policy and Health, Work, and the Environment, he is also very active in the larger community. As the founder of The Iowa Policy Project, Osterberg and his organization work to empower low-income Iowans while also protecting the environment.
Jeff Burgess University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Award Won: $1 million Grant Awarded By: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Jeff Burgess, a professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is the recipient of an impressive $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. With this grant, Burgess will conduct a far reaching study on firefighter safety. His other research interests and projects examine issues such as mining-related injuries and environmental arsenic exposure.